Who would have guessed when our pup Ellie came up with that fun little phrase to try and encourage everyone to come on out and vote that our world would have changed so much.

Our new normal has changed every aspect of our lives but together we are figuring it all out, doing what's right and making it all work. Thank goodness we have each other.

It's hard to believe that no matter what else is going on we still can't forget we have two major elections coming up and coming up quickly. Our state primary is right around the corner on Sept. 8 and our general election is Nov. 3

Let's think about our September state primary first. This is the one where we vote for all of the good people that believe they can help run and present our state best. New Hampshire through and through.

One of the tough things for this election is that you must take the ballot of the party that you are registered in. If you are registered Democrat or Republican, that is the ballot you get.

Us undeclared voters can choose which ever ballot we want based on who we think is the best candidate.

People often say undeclared voters vote for the person, not the party. That's me! I believe that each party has its pluses and minuses, but I need to believe in and understand the people and what they stand for before I can vote for them.

During the presidential primary back in February, it broke my heart when voters would come in and be shocked to realized they could not have the ballot they wanted to vote.

They thought they had changed their party affiliation back to what they really wanted to be. They way it works is, it goes by how you voted in the last primary election unless you completed a change of party request.

The date to do this for our state election was June 2. We know we will have some very disappointed voters.

The good news is that our wonderful governor is trying to keep our elections as transparent and fair as possible during COVID-19. Our Secretary of State and his office, too.

Gov. Chris Sununu, as part of his Emergency Order No. 43, declared that if a voter is willing to sign a legal affidavit stating they in good faith believed they had changed their party, on election day they may be given that ballot. The Supervisors of the Checklist will then make the change to the registered voter list. I believe this is a good and necessary change.

Now when Ellie came up with "speak with your feet," there wasn't a pandemic in our great state. Now you may not want to walk in to vote, but we are doing everything we can to make sure everyone will have the opportunity to cast their one vote in all elections.

We are trying to spread the word that you can request an absentee ballot and as long as we receive it by 5 p.m. on election day, I promise you your vote will count.

How do you request an absentee ballot? It's really easy. You can walk into any town or city clerk's office. Remember, we have been conducting business for our residents since this all started each and every day. We are open!

Forms are often on a counter for you to take, or just ask for one. Many people have been calling us and we mail them out ASAP, send us a note, or send us an email. I think we have thought of every way possible.

Once your clerk receives it, we check to make sure you are a registered voter and we send the ballot out to you with the necessary envelope so you can mail it back.

This year, our state has made sure they kept the ballot size to 8 1/2- by-11 inches so it will easily go through ballot machines and it only costs one first-class stamp.

If you haven't registered yet, we re here to help you with that, too. Just let us know.

We can mail a registration packet out to you with your absentee ballot application. Another idea is that you an attend a Supervisors of the Checklist session in your town. Check your town website or call for information and dates.

Please remember, you can "speak with your feet" and head to your polling place in person on election days.

I promise you everyone involved in the process has two top priorities for every election — to ensure elections are fair and safe. Meetings have been going on at every level to determine what personal protective equipment, or PPE, will need to be available on election day to keep us all safe.

They are providing us with disposable pens for voters to use, mats to put under your ballot when you vote, masks, gloves, screens, hand sanitizer and that's just the beginning.

Something else we need your help with.

All towns and cities are looking for good people to work at the polls. It is such an exciting day (and night) to be part of and we need you!

If you know someone 17 years old by election day, they can work the polls, too. Talk about a hands-on learning experience for all ages. Contact your town or city for more information.

Ellie also needs your help with something else. A dear puppy friend of hers, Boomer, was hit and killed by a dark colored Hyundai Accent a few weeks ago and it is still breaking her heart.

The driver never even stopped to see if Boomer was OK. They hit him so hard and there is damage to the car as pieces were left on Pond Road across from the home where it happened.

How do you just drive off? It is against the law to hit a dog and drive away. Shame on them.

Boomer's family is very sad as he was left in the street and died a short time later. Please let Derry police know if you have any information on what happened to Boomer, or email Boomer's Grandma Bonnie at Bunny1234@aol.com.

Sherry Farrell is Londonderry Town Clerk and a longtime resident of New Hampshire.

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